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Part 10. Working with Layers > Task 3 How to Create Clipping Masks

Task 3 How to Create Clipping Masks

Clipping masks in Photoshop use the transparency of the bottom layer of a sequential stack of layers as a mask for the other layers. This means that the upper layers are visible only through the “window” created by the transparency of the bottom layer (anything that appears on top of a transparent area is hidden). You also can use a layer mask for the bottom layer in the group instead of actually erasing part of that layer to create transparency (see Task 8, “How to Add a Layer Mask”). When layers are clipped, the thumbnails in the upper layers in the Layers palette are indented and shown with arrows, and the layer name of the clipping mask layer is underlined.

1. Open the File

Select File, Open or click the Go to Bridge icon on the options bar and select the image file you want to modify.


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